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Get together walks

Come and join us on our Get Together Walks with at least 3 different level walks all starting from the same location. Enjoy meeting and walking with the other Dales health walking groups on outstanding walks for all ability ranges – Very Easy, Easy, Moderate and Long walks.

Spring Get Together Walks - Wednesday 3rd July 2019 - National Stone Centre, Wirksworth

Three lovely Celebration Walks including walking along the High Peak Trail to Black Rocks, a lovely route through Middleton up to follow the rim of Dene Quarry round and back along the High Peak Trail and a longer walk starting through Middleton but heading west around Middleton Moor with stunning views all around.

Meet from 10:00am at the National Stone Centre car park (just outside Wirksworth) and walks depart at 10:30am.  Parking is £1 in the honesty stone.


Very Easy Walk - 2 miles - Stone Centre to Black Rocks and back—all on the High Peak Trail

We walk straight onto the High Peak Trail from the Stone Centre car park and take a left to head east towards Black Rocks enjoying splendid flora and fauna as well as beautiful views out across the Cromford Valley. We will return the same way and stop for tea and cakes

Estimated time of 60-90 minutes

Easy/Moderate Walk - 3miles up through Middleton, round the rim of Dene Quarry and back down to the Stone Centre via High Peak Trail

This is a lovely walk out to the east side of Middleton. We ascend from the stone centre and cross the main road. We pass by Gang Mine Nature reserve and make for Middleton by Wirksworth. We climb through the   village and eventually descend to the rim of Dene Quarry. We stay close to the rim all the way back to B3056, which we cross with care. We return along the High Peak Trail to the Stone Centre. The going underfoot is firm and even, but can be muddy after heavy rain

Estimated time of 90 minutes         380 ft ascent/descent

Long Progression Walk — 4.5 miles west from the Stone Centre, up onto Middleton Moor and walking clockwise round the moor with fantastic views all around, through Middleton to the rim of Dene quarry and back through Gang Mine Nature Reserve.

We start by taking the High Peak Trail west from the Stone Centre, climbing up onto Middleton Moor and walking clockwise round the moor with fantastic views all around. We come down into Middleton and across the village to access the rim of Dene Quarry with more stunning views and make our way back to the Stone Centre via the Gang Mine Nature Reserve.

Estimated time : 2½ hours           680 ft ascent/descent

Stone Centre Cafe

The Stone Centre café is open as normal all day on Wednesday 3rd July from early until late so it will be lovely to see people from all the walks afterwards over a cup of tea.

Walking Together

Lots of us wish we did more exercise. We know it’s good for us and we know our health’s important, but it can be easy to find excuses for not actually getting out there and doing it.

Walking as part of a small group is a good way to start and keep going. You will make friends, encourage each other and discover new walks in and around your neighbourhood.

Our friendly, welcoming walks help people make new friends and get out and about—it’s perfect for people who don’t fancy intense exercise. You can start off slowly and build up gradually as you get more confident.

Please wear some good comfortable shoes and take note of the weather

conditions as waterproofs or a "brolly" may be required. Please bring some change for refreshments or a "cuppa" afterwards.



Walking for Health

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